Tambourines may be simple instruments, but they are great for all manner of different situations. In fact, we are willing to wager that these are some of the most versatile instruments around. They will be just as great in a festival atmosphere as they would in a band on the stage. They are great. The best part is that they are simple instruments to master too. You are just going to need to have some rhythm!
On this page, we have selected some of the best tambourines around. You will, actually be surprised at just how much there is to think about when it comes to tambourines. You, obviously, want something that is not only going to sound good, but looks good too. At the same time, you are going to need to think about your budget. Of course, we are sure that everything that you find on this page is going to be wonderful!
Pro Half Moon Tambourine Double Cutaway D&D MT-1
At the top of this list we are going to stick this offering from D&D. This is, mainly, down to the fact that it looks so fantastic. It boasts a half moon shape which means it is going to fit nice and comfortably in your hands. This means that it is going to be perfect for the majority of tambourine players. We have seen plenty of people out there complain about the larger, rounder tambourines, particularly children, for being too bulky. You are not going to suffer that issue with this one.
There are two rows of bells on this one, meaning twenty in total. This is fantastic as it will really help to round out that sound. The ergonomic grip, which we mentioned previously, really helps to round out just how fantastic this tambourine is as an instrument.
LMI Transparent Tambourine
This is one of the cheaper tambourines on this list but, don’t worry, it still sounds fabulous. It has a purple see-through look which does ensure that it remains looking stunning. While it is a larger, rounder tambourine, we feel as though it does feel fabulous in your hands, even if they are quite small.
There are five pairs of bells which can be found on this tambourine. This creates a nice sound no matter how you play it. One of the things that we really love about this tambourine is just how loud you are able to get it to sound. Even in the loudest of band environments will you be able to get this sound to cut above the mix.
As the edges of this tambourine have been rounded out well, you should have absolutely no issues in passing this off onto your child to play! There are no toxins or chemical irritants used in the plastic, which is actually quite a common issue with some of the cheaper products on the market.
Remo Fiberskyn Tambourine
This is, obviously, not the cheapest tambourine on the market. However, if you want something which not only looks good but also sounds good, you are going to be hard-pressed to find anything else. The 10” diameter of the Remo Fiberskyn Tambourine really pumps out a decent amount of sound, no matter how many instruments you are surrounded with.
On this tambourine, you will find eight pairs of bells. These work well together to create a nice, full sound. One of the real highlights of this tambourine is that it comes pre-tuned. There are no screws and the like to tinker about with here. This means that when you whip it out of the box, it is going to sound stunning.
Another highlight is the fact that due to its construction, the weight is on the lower side. This means that it is going to be easy to transport around. This makes it perfect if you are a ‘band on tour’.
YMC TAM20 – BLACK Double Row Tambourine
For this one, we are back to a half-moon shaped tambourine. It may not look as brilliant as the other half-moon tambourine on this list, but the YMC TAM20-BLACK does sound a whole lot better!
This is going to feel very comfortable in your hand. This is one of the sturdiest tambourines that we have ever had the pleasure of using. To cap it off, it is able to pump out some fabulous sound despite its small size. Because this tambourine has been made with high-quality plastic, you can be sure that it is going to last for many, many years. There are no contaminants used in the construction of this instrument. This means that it is going to be the perfect ‘starter instrument’ for a child. The best part is that you can continue to use this for years and years, which not only will it be a great starter instrument, but it is also going to be ideal for them to ‘advance’ their craft.
Cannon UPTAMB6S04H 6-Inch Single 4PRS Tambourine with Head
Next up on our list, and right at the top, is the Cannon UPTAMB6S04H. This is a 6 inch tambourine which is able to put out some of the best sound possible. It is a very lightweight tambourine constructed from paper (don’t worry, it is solid!). This is the type of tambourine which you will find in schools over the globe, which means your child is probably already going to have experience playing with this sort of thing.
Remember, if you are on the hunt for a tambourine, try not to spend too little on it. We know that it can be tempting to go down this route, but you have to remember that cheaper tambourines are not built to the highest possible standard. This means that they not only are going to sound terrible, but they are going to be prone to breakage. Basically, if you are going to take playing a tambourine seriously, then you are going to have to upgrade the tambourine in the future anyway. This can be quite costly. You may as well just spend a bit of extra money on it to begin with!